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WFE Publishes Green Equities Labelling Framework

The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) has launched the world’s first global framework for designating stocks and shares as green. The Green Equity Principles look to counter greenwashing and support the enhanced flow of funding towards more sustainable economies. The principles create a globally harmonised framework for defining green equities comprised of the ‘WFE Green Criteria for Equities’ and the ‘WFE Green Equity Classification’. The framework is based on five overarching pillars: revenues/investments, use of a taxonomy, governance, assessment, and disclosure. The framework looks to enable sustainability-focused investors to make more informed decisions, ensuring that adequate information is available for investment and capital allocation decision-making. The principles will also look to enable issuers to raise their profiles among sustainability-focused investors; use the classification as a marketing and communications tool; and increase visibility of their green credentials and commitment to the green economy. Nandini Sukumar, WFE CEO, said: “The WFE Green Equity Principles provide a carefully evaluated structure within which exchanges set criteria for issuers and investors to demonstrate their green credentials. Investors should be able to have greater visibility of issuers who have green activities in a way that is rigorous and that counters greenwashing.”  

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